Words from the Heart for Tuesday January 26th, 2021
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:16 (NIV)
Powerful and Effective
Three fallen Haligonians have been named to the Women’s Executive Network’s Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women List. RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson lost her life in the line of duty, attempting to stop and apprehend an active shooter in April. Royal Canadian Navy Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough was one of six Canadians who died in a helicopter crash during a retrieval exercise in the Mediterranean Sea in April. Capt. Jenn Casey, a public affairs officer with the Canadian Snowbird team, died in May in a jet crash while the Snowbirds were honouring frontline workers.
Most people we consider powerful are those who are politically well-connected or incredibly wealthy. We call them movers and shakers, and most of us aren’t included among them. As usual, the Kingdom of God turns the principles of the world on their head. In God’s Kingdom, those who are powerful and effective are those who are righteous pray-ers. James 5:16 says “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James here is speaking specifically about healing. But the final statement is a profound description of the power of prayer. Followers of Jesus are called to keep a clean slate with the Lord. Here James calls us to confess our sins. 1 John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sins, our faithful and just God will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. With nothing standing between us and God, our prayers become powerful and effective. The powerful and effective in God’s kingdom are those who have a clean slate before God. Do you?
These have been words from the heart.